Vacheron Constantin - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1953
    Reference No: 4072
    Movement No: 466'831
    Case No: 331'663
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal 492,19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold pin buckle signed PP&Co
    Dimensions: 34.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present timepiece in 1953

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vacheron Constantin’s reference 4072 is sleek, elegant and definitely one of the most well balanced vintage chronographs.

    In production from 1938 until the late 1960s, the reference 4072 is a very diverse chronograph model. While cased most often in yellow gold, the reference was also dressed in pink gold, stainless steel, or steel and gold combinations and came with either olive shaped or rectangular shaped pushers like on the present example.

    The elongated lugs and wide opening to the dial give the watch huge presence on the wrist.

    Research shows that only 108 examples of the reference 4072 in pink gold with the cal. 492 were ever made.

  • Artist Biography

    Vacheron Constantin

    Swiss • 1755

    The world's oldest watch brand in continuous operation since its founding in 1755, Vacheron Constantin was the first watch company to manufacture movements with interchangeable parts beginning in 1839. Vacheron's watches are admired for their Latin-influenced case designs, well-balanced proportions and exquisitely finished movements of the highest quality. The Geneva-based manufacturer is known for their highly complicated masterpieces, including the King Farouk Grand Complication made in 1935, the Tour de l'Ile that was the most complicated serially produced wristwatch when introduced in 2005 and the 57260 — the world’s most complicated watch — made in 2015.

    Key vintage models include minute repeating wristwatches such as the references 4261, chronographs such as the references 4178 and 6087 and the oversized Cioccolotone models such as ref. 4737. Collectors also appreciate Vacheron's Chronometer Royal pocket and wristwatches, as well as the '222,' the brand's first luxury sports watch produced from 1977 through 1984.

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Ref. 4072
An elegant pink gold chronograph wristwatch

34.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF38,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

Geneva Auction 3 - 4 November 2023